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Inside Everybody’s Oma – the doco on family, hope, love and learning while living with dementia

Accumulating more than 140,000 followers, the Oma’s Applesauce Facebook page has for the past few years shared Hendrika Van Genderen’s journey with dementia through a series of short video clips taken by her filmmaker son, Jason Van Genderen. Those clips, an inspiration to millions online, have now been woven together into a powerful, feature length film titled Everybody’s Oma. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted to Jason about the project.

Providers under growing financial pressure and in need of Govt assistance: Sadler

ACCPA Interim CEO Paul Sadler has told Aged Care News that many providers could be forced out of the sector without Government funding that will allow them to meet the increasing costs of providing quality care and support. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Pets wonderful means of helping elders exercise, engage and reduce their social isolation

As communities cautiously reengage after years of pandemic isolation, COTA VIC is encouraging older Australians to discover the health boosting power of life enjoyed with a four legged friend by their side. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Older Victorians encouraged to get their shimmy on and take to the dancefloor

Leading Australian dance studio, HD Entertainment, is urging more older Victorians to get active by quick-stepping into the world of dancing as part of their regular exercise and wellness routine. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

The Herd proudly blazing trail for the future of intergenerational care and learning

Five years ago sisters and early childhood teachers, Anna and Fiona Glumac watched a moving doco about an intergenerational care centre in the US and it changed their lives. Now busily putting the finishing touches on their own facility - The Herd - their exciting project is set to improve social and academic outcomes for children in their care, along with reducing some of the isolating effects of life in aged care for elders. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New DA learning module helps workers prevent, recognise, and act on elders’ financial abuse

Financial elder abuse is one of the most common types of abuse experienced by older people. Those living with dementia are especially vulnerable, but Dementia Australia hopes its new learning modules will empower workers to act when they suspect something is aw. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.

It’s time Govt provided meaningful increases to aged care supplements: home care provider

For Giovanni Siano, owner and director of home care provider Home Instead, the short-notice from Government on the indexation rate expected for subsidies covering the 2022/2023 financial year is hugely problematic. He fears that without a clear idea how much additional funding will be available, older persons receiving care, as well as the workers supporting them, will suffer as providers conservatively brace for the new financial year. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Calling out physical, financial, and mental wrongdoing on Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder Abuse Action Australia co-chair Jenny Blakey says, “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to affirm the value of older people and their rights to be respected." BIANCA ROBERTS reports

OPAN panel discussion confronts disturbing epidemic of sexual assault in aged care

A devastating 530 incidences of sexual abuse were reported within residential aged care facilities in the last quarter of 2021. A panel discussion hosted by prominent journalist and feminist activist, Jane Caro, has examined awareness and the stamping out of the sexual abuse of elders across this country. BIANCA ROBERTS dialed in

New quality of life measurer for those in home and community-based aged care gets thumbs up

A new type of ‘Quality of Life’ assessment tool developed by Flinders University to provide contemporary and comprehensive measurement of elders' wellbeing, has been put to the test and passed with flying colours. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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